The health of your smile is important. While you should take the time to take care of your teeth, you should also leave plenty of time for the important things in your life, like your family, friends, etc. Traditional methods of placing a dental crown meant taking a mold of your tooth and bite to send to a third-party lab. This method could take weeks while you wore a temporary crown. Investments in advanced dental technology have made it so that you can get your crown created and placed in a single visit to your dentist. (more…)
Making The Most Of Dental Benefits
It’s that time of year: the air starts to get a little cooler, holiday decorations are going up, Christmas music is in the air, and it’s getting close to the expiration of your dental benefits. Most dental plan benefits will run out by December 31st. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of patients with PPO dental plan participants will actually reach or exceed annual maximum of their plans. Check with the specifics of your dental insurance plan, but most people’s benefits will not run over into 2018. If you are not using the maximum of your benefits, you could be leaving money on the table. (more…)
Root Canal Treatment Spells Relief
If you have ever had a toothache, you know how terrible they can be. A toothache can be incredibly painful and debilitating. A toothache can be caused by different reasons ranging from a cavity to a broken tooth even to sinus issues. When a toothache is caused by an infection inside of your tooth’s inner pulp, a root canal treatment may become necessary. The words “root canal treatment” may conjure up a certain level of fear in the pit of your stomach. Thanks to modern dentistry techniques, root canal treatments are often no more painful than the toothache they are relieving. (more…)
Are You Grinding Your Teeth?
Do you often wake up with a headache, sore teeth, or an achy jaw? Do you ever notice that you clench your jaw throughout the day? If you said yes to either of these questions, you may be grinding your teeth. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, usually occurs while you are sleeping. Bruxism can cause damage to your teeth and increase your risk of tooth decay. It can lead to frequent headaches. Bruxism can also increase your risk of developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ disorder can lead to jaw popping, pain, and lockjaw. Treating teeth grinding is important to prevent these types of issues from causing oral health problems.
4 Benefits Of Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, you may feel embarrassed about your appearance. We understand, and have treatment options available to help rebuild smiles. We can replace a tooth, often with a unique and long-lasting prosthetic. What benefits will dental implants offer your smile?
Reasons An Extraction May Be Needed
Many major dental procedures, like a dental extraction, can often be prevented by maintaining good oral health or by treating problems early. A common reason for a necessary dental extraction is severe decay or infection. Both of which can be detected early enough to treat and sometimes reverse, especially if you maintain your regular dental visits. An extraction may be necessary if a tooth has been damaged to the point of no return. If a tooth was damaged in an accident or injury, it is not something that can be treated with good oral health. However, some tooth damage can be the result of cavities, bruxism, or other treatable situations. (more…)
Halloween Tips For A Healthy Smile
Since September, the Halloween candy and decoration aisles have been in the drug stores and grocery stores. Your kids have probably been bringing candy home from school with them. Your office may be filled with bowls of candy. Since this is the last week before Halloween, there is probably even more candy everywhere. How do you keep these treats from tricking your teeth? How do keep smiles healthy even with all this sugary temptation running amok. Moderation is an important part of keeping smiles healthy. Complete deprivation usually does not work and often leads to hiding a candy habit from everyone else. We have created a list of tips to keep you and your family’s smiles healthy this Halloween. (more…)
An Oral Hygiene Routine At Bedtime
The shortest distance between two spots is a straight line. The straight line to a healthy mouth is strong oral hygiene. Strong oral hygiene includes a daily routine of brushing and flossing at least twice a day, drinking plenty of water, making healthy food and drink choices, and visiting your dentist at least every six months for both an exam and a cleaning. While not every problem that may arise in your oral health can be prevented by a good oral hygiene routine, many can. A good bedtime routine is an essential part of any good oral hygiene regimen. (more…)
Reasons To Replace A Missing Tooth
Losing a tooth as an adult does not come with the joy or money from a tooth fairy’s visit. Losing a tooth as an adult can be traumatic and lead to some serious consequences. Tooth loss as an adult can be caused from injury, severe decay or damage, gum disease, or a wisdom tooth extraction. In a situation like a wisdom tooth extraction, there is no need to replace the missing tooth. However, in most other instances of losing a permanent adult tooth, replacement is important. A visible front tooth may feel more important to you to replace, but any missing adult tooth can lead to difficulties in your smile and functions of your mouth. Replacing your tooth can restore your abilities and decrease your risk of bone loss. (more…)
Can I Get A Crown In One Visit?
The short answer to the question, “can I get a crown in one visit?,” is yes. Traditional crowns can take one to two weeks to be created because an off-site lab would create the crown. With this traditional process, your dentist would take a mold of your tooth and mouth to be sent off to a third party lab to sculpt the permanent crown. In the meantime, your dentist would fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown was ready. You would go back to the office after those weeks of wearing a temporary to be fitted with your permanent crown. Advanced technology allows for the crown to be created at your dentist’s office during your same visit. (more…)